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During this experiential learning program, you will receive proven frameworks, resources, and networking opportunities to create a hands-on, customized, and integrated educational experience focused on commercialization. This program is designed to equip the next generation of ecosystem builders with the practical skills necessary to lead the translation of Kentucky’s most innovative solutions to the real-world market.  


The KCV Innovation Fellows program includes weekly cohort meetings held online, independent study with high-quality startup training materials, guided application exercises, and weekly coaching sessions with KCV staff and coaches.

"Going through the KCV Innovation Fellowship not only showed me how to grow my idea but also gave me the courage to simply try."

- Tina Judkins, KCV Innovation Fellow Spring 2022
Read about Tina's fellowship experience.

Program Details

Open to undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff of KCV Partner Institutions and affiliated members

  • The program runs every Thursday evening, March 21 - May 2.

  • Program participants may qualify for a $1,000 stipend upon completing the program

  • Participation is welcome more than once, though stipend total is limited to $1000 per person over the lifetime of the program

  • Deadline extended! - Application deadline is now March 8, 2024.

Eligible Institutions
  • Eastern Kentucky University


  • Kentucky State University

  • Morehead State University

  • Murray State University

  • Northern Kentucky University

  • Western Kentucky University

Join the cohort to...
  • Learn to commercialize your big ideas

  • Explore in a hands-on, customized program

  • Network and receive one-on-one coaching

"The KCV Innovation Fellowship provided valuable information and training to develop my idea, culminating in a business pitch."

- Christopher W. Lennon, KCV Innovation Fellow Fall 2022
Read about Christopher's fellowship experience.

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